Decades of fighting before independence in 2011, and more conflict afterwards, has made millions of people in South Sudan homeless.
Why does CAFOD work in South Sudan?
In December 2013 fighting broke out between South Sudanese government forces and rival political factions which has forced millions of people from their homes and restricted the ability of communities to produce food for themselves.
There are estimated to be 1.6 million internally displaced people in South Sudan and 300,000 refugees from Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia and Central African Republic. Women and girls are particularly affected by conflict, facing challenges of gender-based violence, little decision making power and lack of access to resources.
A serious food crisis engulfed South Sudan three years ago, and farming families who are still recovering now face coronavirus. Almost 7 million people - 61% of the population - were facing food crisis in 2019. Many people in rural areas cannot access drinking water, and a lack of doctors and health clinics has led to some of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world.
What we are doing in South Sudan
In April 2015 we merged our operations in South Sudan with those of Trócaire, our sister agency in Ireland, in order to increase programme scale and impact, while reducing administration and support costs.
CAFOD and Trócaire both have a long history of working in South Sudan through church and non-church partners who support vulnerable people – of any or no faith - in communities:
- We are supporting families with crop production through better farming methods.
- We are providing food, water and essential household goods to people who have returned or been displaced by fighting. We are promoting justice and peace and providing clean water and education. We are working with those who have been affected by conflict with psychosocial support.
- In the UK, we have campaigned for the British government to help maintain long-term peace and development in South Sudan.